Gary Littman

OWNER OF THE LANGUAGE HOUSE

Garry Littman is the owner and director of The Language House in Geneva which organises English language training for professional people, companies and students. He was a radio and newspaper journalist in his native Australia and ran a restaurant in Kathmandu in his younger days. He is an English language trainer and an aficionado of pétanque.

Read this. It will change your life forever.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life (as will be tomorrow and July 27 2016, if you are still alive).

So, aim for the moon. If you miss you may hit a star (or spend a long, long time floating in space).

But, hey, the wrong choice can bring you to the right place (although more often than not, it can bring you to financial ruin).

Inspired?

Our strange fascination with inspirational quotes is all a bit uninspiring. Social and business networks such as LinkedIn are increasingly filled with wise-sounding word bites, most of them plagiarised, many of them meaningless, naïve, ridiculous and banal. Too much inspiration wears you down.

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

We live in the age of distilled communication; one line feelgoodspeak

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.

Content is time-consuming and boring; tl;dr (too long; didn’t read). Inspirational quotes are the quick hit of the internet. Copied and pasted from bottomless cyber banks of other people’s wisdom, they deliver a flicker of revelation, a portal of possibility and a little more distance from despair.

They are another form of the bizarre on the spectrum of Internet behaviour; inhabited at one end by angry, violent and misogynist trolls and at the other end by “wise and caring” heads filled with recycled 10-word platitudes that come with the proviso: This will change your life forever.

The beauty of our differences begins with our right to belong.

On the wall above a myriad of work stations in a thousand offices in a thousand cities is the poster of seagull soaring on a bright blue sky with the caption underneath: Follow your dreams.

It poses the question: Do you want to be a seagull? Or at worst: Is your workstation your dream realised?

Personally, I prefer my inspiration infused with a little reality.

Seagulls may soar, but marmots don't get sucked into jet engines.

Or how about these?

The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups

That light at the end of the tunnel is almost certainly an oncoming train.

A person who smiles in the face of adversity probably has a scapegoat.

Rome did not create a great empire by having meetings, they did it by killing all people who opposed them.

So remember:

You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.

So read less inspiration quotes and remember:

If you give up on your dreams then you may free up some time to actually get some stuff done.

If you can dream it, you can do it. But better still, turn over and dream on.

Get to work: You aren’t being paid for the power of your dreams.

Nor to read this article…

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